SWITCH OFF YOUR LIST!
‘I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him…..Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.’ Psalm 62:1,5 NLT
‘All that I am wait quietly “………. Life is so incredibly noisy. Tuning out the constant din of demands, requests, lists, expectations, and catering to our perceived needs can appear to be an impossible task. The art of listening, truly listening, attention undivided has been replaced with the multi-tasking listener. We have become way too accustomed to focussing on multiples, driven by the bottom line of productivity.
Our children speak, our spouse speaks, a friend or colleague speaks………Yes, we are listening, but how much do we really hear? In the background our mind wanders to the scrolling list, as we attempt to keep one step, one thought ahead.
How much are we missing in the moment, the then and there?
Imagine if we gave all of ourselves, every bit mind, body and soul over to our time with Him. How much more would we hear? How much deeper would we go?
‘We receive only when we are recollected; only in silence is heard the beating heart of God.’- Father Bernardo Olivera.
Let us purpose ourselves to hearing, to giving Him our undivided attention and realise what we may only once have imagined.
This is my heart for you today, because He knows when you rise and when you fall and He knows of your comings and goings, he has seen and sees all that is before you.
Let me hear of your unfailing love to me in the morning,
For I am trusting you
Show me where to walk, for I have come to you in prayer………
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
What a beautiful way to begin each new dawn of day. To hear of His love for us, stepping out knowing that we are special and valued. Facing all that comes our way, navigating every experience and encounter…..trusting……simply because we have asked that He will guide us in the right direction. That He will help us to choose wisely and confidently. And that no matter what the day may bring our feet are firmly planted on a strong and solid foundation.
” But the Counselor, The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name , will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you. ” John 14:26
Q. What is the role of The Holy Spirit in your life ?
I love that The Holy Spirit is referred to as The Counselor, that he will give us counsel. What does this mean? He has the authority to give guidance, advise and help, to lead us into all knowledge of everything concerning Jesus and our lives lived in Him.
” And the Spirit of The LORD will rest on him- the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and fear of The LORD.” Isaiah 11:2
How fitting that He is also called the comforter. What an incredible thing to be able to rest in the knowledge that we have with us , every day Gods’ spirit to guide , teach , and reassure us .
I still remember vividly the day that this became a reality for me. I knew of The Holt Spirit , but coming from an extremely conservative church background , I didn’t truly understand , or KNOW Him and how He wanted to be an integral part of my life.
My husband and I had been going through some difficult times and we were experiencing an rather severe spiritual attack on our home and family. We sought counselling through a well known and respected Pastor and his wife. During our sessions , after getting to know us and our story, the Pastor asked us if we would truly like to know the Holy Spirit and have Him live within us.
” ………But you know Him , because He lives with you now and later will be in you .” John 14:17
We said yes and they laid hands on us and prayed a simple prayer. The earth didn’t move, nor did we break out in an unknown tongue, but…… We did leave that session feeling different. An overwhelming sense of peace and desire for more of Jesus and His word had washed over both of us, as soon as we arrived home I opened my Bible to John 14. It was as though the pages were alive , the words jumping out to meet me and a new understanding began to unfold..” He will teach you all things ” Our desire to worship intensified in a new, passionate and abandoned way, which was at odds with all that we were used to but we stepped out and followed The Holy Spirits leading. And what a journey it has been……and it continues.
He will stretch you , take you out of your comfort zones, reveal truths that you were once blind to , He will break your heart for what breaks His and place a new song within you , and He will give you PEACE.
” And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor , who will NEVER leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world at large cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognise him. But you do……..” John 14:16-17